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What if I change dance schools?

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:27 PM by Christian Franco   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 4:59 PM ]

We recommend you try many different instructors. However if you decide to change schools, there are a few things to keep in mind. Instructors all have different ways of measuring class levels. Some may rank students as "beginners", "intermediate" or "advanced". Other schools may use levels "level 1", "level 2", etc. In addition, "advanced" students from one school may not be at the same level as "advanced" students from another school. One instructor's syllabus and rating system is usually quite different from another. This variation will not make a difference to you unless you switch schools. Most instructors will want to evaluate your skill level before you join so that you will be placed in the right level. You may want to choose instructors that you know will also offer advanced lessons in the future when you progress.

It is natural to feel loyal to your first salsa instructor, but try to avoid feeling like you’re "cheating" on your current instructor if you decide to take classes with someone else. It’s okay, and in fact very beneficial to your dancing to a get as much varied input as possible. You also don’t have to leave your existing school. If you’re happy with it you may just want to supplement their classes with a class or workshop from another instructor every now and then.

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